Tune of the Day: None But the Lonely Heart
“None but the lonely heart” is the last of the Six Romances for voice and piano that Tchaikovsky composed in late 1869. It is probably Tchaikovsky's most famous song, and one of his most popular compositions. It was composed to Lev Mei's poem “The Harpist's Song”, which in turn was translated from Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. Tchaikovsky's setting makes use of a syncopated chordal accompaniment; the lack of rhythmic grounding and the peculiar harmonies perfectly highlight the restless, disquieted tone of Goethe's text.
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this piece!